China says Xi was given no option for video address to COP26

China says Xi was given no option for video address to COP26
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Updated 02 November 2021

China says Xi was given no option for video address to COP26

China says Xi was given no option for video address to COP26
  • Beijing has rejected Washington's efforts to separate climate from wider conflicts between the two sides

China said on Tuesday that President Xi Jinping was not given an opportunity to deliver a video address to the COP26 climate talks in Scotland and had to send a written response instead.


Xi, who is not attending the United Nations meeting in person, delivered a written statement to the opening "high-level segment for heads of state and government" on Monday in which he offered no additional pledges, while urging countries to keep their promises and "strengthen mutual trust and cooperation".


"As I understand it, the conference organisers did not provide the video link method," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters at a regular briefing.


Britain has organised the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland which aims to secure net zero carbon emissions and keep the Paris Agreement target of a 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature rise within reach in order to curb the impact of global warming.


Climate watchers have expressed concern that Xi's physical absence from Glasgow means China is not prepared to offer any more concessions during this round of talks.


But Beijing has said it has already made a number of major pledges in the last year, promising to bring emissions to a peak by 2060, raise total solar and wind capacity to 1,200 gigawatts by 2030 and curb coal use starting in 2026.


The faltering diplomatic relationship between China and the United States - the two biggest emitters of climate-warming greenhouse gases - is emerging as one of the biggest stumbling blocks during the latest round of climate talks.


Beijing has rejected Washington's efforts to separate climate from wider conflicts between the two sides, with senior diplomat Wang Yi telling U.S. climate envoy John Kerry in September that there was still a "desert" threatening the "oasis" of climate cooperation.


One particular point of contention for China has been the U.S. imposition of sanctions on Chinese companies, including solar equipment suppliers, with links to the Xinjiang region.


China rejects western claims of human rights abuses in the northwestern region of the country.


"You can't ask China to cut coal production on the one hand, while at the same time imposing sanctions on Chinese photovoltaic enterprises," Wang said on Tuesday.


The Global Times, part of the Communist Party-run People's Daily stable of newspapers, said in a Monday editorial that the United States should not expect to be able to influence Beijing on climate, while attacking it on human rights and other issues.


Washington's attitude towards China has made it "impossible for China to see any potential to have fair negotiation amid the tensions", the paper said.


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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's main index, TASI, fell 0.77 percent to 11,257, its lowest level at the opening bell in 2022 amid rising investor concerns of a possible global recession.


US food company Tyson to buy Tanmiah subsidiaries’ stakes for $70m

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US food company Tyson to buy Tanmiah subsidiaries’ stakes for $70m

US food company Tyson to buy Tanmiah subsidiaries’ stakes for $70m

RIYADH: Tyson International Holding Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of New York-listed Tyson Foods, has reached an agreement to acquire equity stakes in two of Tanmiah Food Co.’s subsidiaries for SR262.6 million ($70 million).

Tyson will acquire 15 percent of shares in Agricultural Development Co. and 60 percent of shares in Supreme Foods Processing Co., according to a bourse filing.

In partnership with Tyson, Tanmiah will double its production capacity and develop new halal products for the international market, expanding its product portfolio and enhancing its supply chain and procurement processes.

The agreement with Tyson will also strengthen and boost the Tanmiah brand in the Gulf Cooperation Council and other regions.

With SR20 million in registered capital, Agricultural Development Co. rears and produces broilers, feed mills, and operates hatcheries. It also raises fresh chicken.

Supreme Food Processing Co. produces pre-prepared chicken and beef products. It has a registered capital of SR8.6 million.


Advanced Polyolefins secures $1.6bn loans for 3 plants at Jubail Industrial City

Advanced Polyolefins secures $1.6bn loans for 3 plants at Jubail Industrial City
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Advanced Polyolefins secures $1.6bn loans for 3 plants at Jubail Industrial City

Advanced Polyolefins secures $1.6bn loans for 3 plants at Jubail Industrial City

RIYADH: Advanced Polyolefins Industry Co., a unit of Saudi-listed Advanced Petrochemical, has secured loans worth SR6.1 billion ($1.6 billion) to finance the construction of three plants at Jubail Industrial City II in Saudi Arabia.

The Shariah-compliant facility deals are repayable in 22 installments until November 2035, while SR956 million of the amount is payable by May 2026, a bourse filing revealed.

The company said the proceeds will be used to set up three plants for propane dehydrogenation, polypropylene, and isopropanol, with a capacity to produce 843,000, 800,000, and 70,000 tons per annum, respectively.

Alinma Bank, Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Corp., Arab National Bank, and the Saudi National Bank were among the financing entities for the facilities. 


Saudi-listed shipping firm Bahri closes $1.04bn sukuk issuance

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Saudi-listed shipping firm Bahri closes $1.04bn sukuk issuance

Saudi-listed shipping firm Bahri closes $1.04bn sukuk issuance

RIYADH: National Shipping Co. of Saudi Arabia, better known as Bahri, has completed the issuance of SR3.9 billion ($1.04 billion) sukuk, denominated in Saudi Riyals and maturing in seven years.

The offering, led by Al Rajhi Capital, HSBC Saudi Arabia, and SNB Capital, started by mid-June, and the settlement was done on July 5, the firm said in a bourse filing.

The Saudi-listed company earlier said it will use proceeds to refinance the existing sukuk which will mature this month.

Bahri is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and the Public Investment Fund, operating a fleet of 89 tankers and container ships that transport oil, petrochemicals, and other types of cargo.

 


OPEC secretary-general Mohammad Barkindo dies

OPEC secretary-general Mohammad Barkindo dies
Updated 06 July 2022

OPEC secretary-general Mohammad Barkindo dies

OPEC secretary-general Mohammad Barkindo dies

RIYADH: OPEC secretary-general Mohammad Barkindo dies at Abuja, Nigeria at an age of 63, Arab News learned.

He will be buried in his home town Yola, a source confirmed.

The news of Barkindo’s death was confirmed by Mele Kyari, managing director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. 

In a tweet, Kyari described Barkindo’s departure as a great loss to his immediate family, NNPC Nigeria, OPEC and the global energy community.

A few hours before his death, Barkindo was honored by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the state house.

During the honoring ceremony, Buhari described Barkindo as a worthy ambassador of the country, and lauded his efforts as the secretary general of OPEC for six years.

“You have indeed been a worthy ambassador of our country. We are proud of your achievements before and during your appointment at OPEC and the proud legacies you will leave behind,” said Buhari, during the honoring event. 

Barkindo’s unexpected demise came at a time when he was expected to complete his tenure as the OPEC secretary-general on July 31. 

A few days back, it has been reported that Barkindo will join the Atlantic Council as a distinguished fellow in the Global Energy Center after his term at the OPEC. 

In his career which spanned over four decades, Barkindo has worked as NNPC’s International Investments head, president of Duke oil, CEO of NNPC, etc. 

From 1986 to 2010, Barkindo was the Nigerian Delegate to OPEC Ministerial Conferences. He became the secretary-general of OPEC on Aug. 01, 2016, and continued in that position until his death.